David MacCallum, who portrayed Illya Kuryakin alongside Robert Vaughn’s Napoleon Solo in the 1960s espionage hit drama “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” and later played the role of pathologist Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard in the top-rated series “NCIS,” passed away on Monday in New York City due to natural causes at the age of 90.

David MacCallum

His son, Peter, speaking on behalf of the family, said, “He was the most kind, most wonderful, most patient, and loving father. He always put family first. He eagerly anticipated any opportunity to connect with his grandchildren, and each had a unique bond with him. You could often find him engaged in deep philosophical conversations with his youngest grandchild, 9-year-old Whit, tucked away in a corner at family gatherings.”

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“He was a true renaissance person – he was drawn to both science and culture, and he would seamlessly blend those passions into knowledge. For instance, he could conduct a symphony orchestra and, if needed, perform an actual autopsy based on his decades of intensive study for his role on ‘NCIS.'”

“After returning from the hospital to his apartment, I asked my mother if she was okay before going to sleep. Her response was simple, ‘Yes.’ But I wanted us to have a chance to grow old together,” she said. She is 79 years old, and my father had recently turned 90. Her sentiment reflects how vibrant their relationship and daily life were, and somehow, even at the age of 90, my father never really grew old.”

Influenced by the James Bond-inspired “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” where Vaughn’s Solo and MacCallum’s Kuryakin fought the forces of evil worldwide (thanks to stock footage), the 1960s were a happening time in pop culture, even if the show’s tone shifted considerably and returned for a second run of four seasons. It spawned a spin-off, “The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.,” starring Stefanie Powers, as well as a few feature adaptations during its run, such as “One Spy Too Many,” where Vaughn and MacCallum reprised their roles.

David MacCallum also made guest appearances as Kuryakin in the sitcom “Please Don’t Eat the Daisies” and reprised his role in the 1983 TV movie “The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Fifteen Years Later Affair.”

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“The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” received praise in a 2008 Boston Globe series by Mark Feeney: “Where Vaughn’s Solo was cool, David MacCallum’s Kuryakin was cool — very cool indeed. If Julie Christie had the decade’s sexiest lower lip, as she surely did, then MacCallum was in second place. His golden hair, high cerebral forehead, and deep-colored turtleneck added up to a teen idol’s dream.”

A feature adaptation of “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” directed by Guy Ritchie was released in August 2015, starring Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer as Solo and Kuryakin, respectively.

On CBS’ smash hit “NCIS,” centered around a team of agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service led by Mark Harmon’s Leroy Jethro Gibbs, MacCallum’s Dr. Mallard not only presented major forensic clues but also worked as a criminal profiler. Mallard had an eccentric, aging mother whose mental health eventually deteriorated and later led to her death, adding depth to MacCallum’s character. The series, which began in 2003, spawned two spin-offs, “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “NCIS: New Orleans.”

CBS said in a statement, “We are deeply saddened by the passing of David MacCallum, and it is fortunate that CBS was his home for so many years. David was a talented actor and author beloved by many around the world. He lived an incredible life, and his legacy will always remain alive through his family and the countless hours of joy he brought to film and television that will never end. We will remember his warmth and infectious humor, which brightened any room or soundstage he entered, along with the wonderful stories he so brilliantly shared with the world on screen. Our thoughts are with his wife, Catherine, and his entire family and all those who knew and loved him.”

“NCIS” was chosen as America’s favorite television show at the 2011 Harris Poll, and it was the most-watched series in the United States during the 2012-13 TV season.

In a 2012 interview, he explained to Variety’s Chris Willman why he continued to work in the business six decades later, “I do it because I absolutely love what I’m doing. I’m doing what I was born to do. I did it when I joined Equity in 1946. To be at this stage in my career and to have this show and this character is wonderful.”

The individual in question has expressed that their primary area of focus pertains to the examination of scripts. Specifically, they take great care to ensure that all medical terminology is accurately represented, subsequently determining the extent of their own knowledge acquisition required for the purpose of instructing Ducky. Diligently, they incorporate this newly acquired knowledge into their own mental framework, with the aim of presenting themselves as genuinely well-versed on the topic at hand. Sometimes it feels like you go inside, and you have a few lines, and Pauley says something all the time, or you go into a scene and you have three pages of medical jargon, and I have to work hard to get that and make it palatable, and it’s almost like I know what I’m doing.”

While he was busy with “NCIS,” David MacCallum developed a second career as a voice actor in the Disney show “The Replacements,” in which he voiced C.A.R. Paradox; various reprises in different iterations of the “Ben 10” series as Professor Paradox; and in video games such as “Diablo III: Reaper of Souls.”

David MacCallum was born in Glasgow, Scotland. His father was a first violinist for the London Philharmonic, and his mother was a cellist. He initially pursued a career in music, training as an oboist and briefly studying at the Royal Academy of Music before ultimately switching to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). After RADA, he began performing with repertory theater companies.

This English version captures the essence of the original Hindi article in a professional and human-friendly tone. However, in reality, he began his professional acting career at the age of 12 in 1946 by auditioning for the BBC Radio Repertory Company.

David MacCallum made his screen debut in 1953 with the BBC fantasy series “The Rose and the Ring.”

As a young actor in the late 1950s, Peter Finch appeared in significant screen crime dramas like the Australian Western “Robbery Under Arms,” “The Secret Place,” “Hell Drivers,” and “Violent Playground.”

In the 1958 film “A Night to Remember” about the Titanic, he played a minor role as a wireless operator.

During this phase of his career, he worked extensively on British television, including the BBC adaptation of Jean Anouilh’s “Antigone” in 1959, Jane Austen’s “Emma” in 1960, and “Wuthering Heights” in 1962.

In 1961, he appeared in the British-produced Second World War film “The Long and the Short and the Tall” (also known as “Jungle Fighters”) alongside Richard Harris, Richard Todd, and Laurence Harvey, and he had a supporting role in Peter Ustinov’s film. The following year, he was in “Billy Budd” and John Huston’s “Freud.”

In 1963, MacCullum had the privilege of working on the high-profile and highly successful American-produced film “The Great Escape,” which featured Steve McQueen and several other notable actors. MacCullum proved to be an invaluable asset to the “dispersal” team, as evidenced by his outstanding performance in the film. This achievement served to propel his career forward, highlighting his exceptional skills and dedication to his craft. In George Stevens’ 1964 epic “The Greatest Story Ever Told,” where Max von Sydow played Jesus, MacCullum portrayed Judas, a role that raised his profile – The New York Times said, “David MacCullum’s Judas Iscariot is a terrifying betrayal.”

The actor began his performance in American television with guest roles in shows like “Perry Mason” and “The Outer Limits” when he started “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” playing guest roles in American TV shows including “Perry Mason” and “The Outer Limits.”

MacCullum’s work in the critically acclaimed BBC-Universal Television series “Colditz,” which ran from 1972 to 1974 and was based on the lives of British prisoners held in a castle by the Nazis during World War II. In 1975, he appeared in the NBC science-fiction drama “The Invisible Man,” but it only lasted for one season. He acted in a highly-praised British ITV adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Kidnapped” and the ITV science fiction series “Sapphire & Steel” alongside Joanna Lumley, which ran for six seasons from 1979.

He reunited with Robert Vaughn, who was a regular on the series in its previous season, for an episode of NBC’s “The A-Team” in 1986, titled “The Say U.N.C.L.E. Affair.”

MacCullum guest-starred in various popular TV series, including “The Father Dowling Mysteries,” “Murder, She Wrote,” “Space: 1999,” “Babylon 5,” “Law & Order,” and even “Sex and the City,” often in guest roles or small parts. In the attractive British-Irish film “Hear My Song” (1991), he was a regular on the BBC series “Trainer” during this time. In the United States, he appeared in “V.R.5,” a cyber-thriller starring Lori Singer, which aired from 1995 to 1997, and in 2001, he worked in Richard Dreyfuss’s vehicle “The Education of Max Bickford.”

When he played a guest role as “JAG” in 2003 at the age of 70, in the pilot episode for “NCIS” as the former head of the agency, “JAG,” MacCullum had no idea that he was signing up for more than a decade.

At the height of his fame in the 1960s, David MacCallum recorded four albums for Capitol Records. These were not singing opportunities for him; instead, the classically trained musician envisioned a blend of oboe, English horn, and strings with guitar and drums, a mixture that characterized the current hits. Although someone else was credited as the arranger for the album, MacCullum directed some of the music and contributed to multiple original compositions.

In 2016, MacCullum’s enigmatic novel “Once a Crooked Man” was published.”

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